Keith Kaufman: Your job is to enforce the law. Yet you have repeatedly ignored it. In Los Angeles, you investigated a case outside of your legal jurisdiction.
Kate Beckett: But...
Keith Kaufman: You used your badge to pursue a personal vendetta against Senator Bracken, crossing the line and endangering the lives of others numerous times.
Kate Beckett: Sir, that man was a murderer.
Keith Kaufman: You've withheld case information from superiors and flown in the face of authority whenever it suits you. Not to mention your working relationship with Richard Castle. Tell me, Detective, how often have you let your personal feelings for your husband dictate your actions in pursuit of a suspect?
Kate Beckett: Sir, that is unfair. I never let...
Keith Kaufman: And when he went missing, you used your position and a great deal of the taxpayers' money to search for him, enlisting the aid of fellow detectives. And, well, you are infamous for being the inspiration for the fictional NYPD detective Nikki Heat, who spends more time on her back than she does pursuing killers... Detective Beckett, how do you expect to lead, or even continue in your current job, when it's clear you've exercised such poor judgment?
Kate Beckett: Sir, if you would look at my record...
Keith Kaufman: We are looking at your record. You are not qualified for a captaincy, and, in my opinion, you are not qualified to be a detective... Thank you. You can go.
Kate Beckett: You're wrong, sir.
Keith Kaufman: Excuse me?
Kate Beckett: I said, you're wrong. In every case you have referenced, I have not only successfully brought the killer to justice, but I did so with the utmost respect for the law and for the department I represent. And regarding my relationship with Mr. Castle, he has proven to be a *brilliant* partner and he's always had my back. And as for his... fictional representation of me, I'm proud to have been his inspiration, and I am proud to be his wife. You asked, How do I expect to lead? By continuing to fight for what's right, not for what's easy. My job is to protect the citizens of New York and I will do it by doing my job better than anyone else and getting results. I don't cross the line, I put myself on it. And if you have any other questions, then you can ask the families of the victims that I have served.
Kate Beckett: Oh, my... God! Oh, my God! You're proposing!
Richard Castle: Okay. You're surprised.
Kate Beckett: Of course I'm surprised! I thought you were breaking up with me!
Richard Castle: By offering you a ring?
Kate Beckett: Well, you just- You seemed so serious!
Richard Castle: Yeah, of course I'm serious. This is the most serious thing I've ever done.